I have often pondered all of the joys that come with getting married and being welcomed into another family. There is an expression that “you are not losing a daughter, you are gaining a son”. Well, the same can be said for the reverse – “you are not losing a son, you are gaining a daughter”. And, while sons are awesome, daughters are pretty cool, too.
Here are some of my highlights about having two families that combine into one great, big family.
Getting to be a part of what made my spouse into the person who he is. As a parent, I know that we help form our children into kind, loving, compassionate people.
Adding instant siblings. I have a sister who I love dearly. Once I got married, I immediately gained a brother, too.
And, then, I was blessed with another sister when my brother-in-law finally decided to get married. Getting to welcome someone else into the family with open arms was truly a joy.
Watching my new siblings love my children.
And, then, getting to love theirs, too.
Celebrating holidays multiple times. I love hearing my children say, “We get to have Nonna and Gran’s Christmas, then Grandma and Grandpa’s Christmas, and then our Christmas.” They are loved so much by so many people, and that is truly priceless.
If you are fortunate enough to have great relationships with your in-laws, then you understand the feeling of knowing that you have not lost anything. You have simply added more love into your life….and, if you are lucky, you might actually add some new recipes, too.
This cornbread dressings has been passed down through at least three generations, starting with my husband’s Grandma. It is always one of the most requested things that my mother-in-law makes. When I asked for the recipe, she happily shared it, noting that she hopes that other people enjoy it as much as her family always has.